Wondering what to do with all those Zucchini and Carrots from your Garden’s Harvest? ( You will no longer be sharing with your neighbors! )

Harvest time is the best time. This Zucchini, Carrot and Citrus Cake is so moist and delicious I bet you will be keeping all those zucchini for yourself now! 


1 c of shredded zucchini unpeeled, squeezed of all its moisture

2 c of shredded carrots

1 green apple, peeled grated

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 c organic maple syrup

1T. of vanilla extract

1/3 c coconut oil, melted & cooled

1 orange, zested

3/4 c of of fresh squeezed orange juice

3/4 c plain Greek yogurt

2 -1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour

2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. of salt

2 t. ground cinnamon

1/2 t. ground nutmeg

1/4 t. ground cloves

1/4 t. ground allspice

1 Tablespoon poppyseeds

1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, currants or a combination of both (optional ) 

Chef Hack * Soak currents in warm water to cover and dollop of vanilla or good Brandy (about 30 minutes) to rehydrate and plump before using. 


1-Preheat the oven to 350’F. Spray a 12 cup Bundt pan generously with nonstick cooking spray, or a 9 x 13 in glass baking pan.

2-In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix with a whisk to thoroughly combine.

3-In a separate large  mixing bowl thoroughly blend together all wet ingredients. 

4- Mix the dry ingredients into wet ( in this order) in batches, thoroughly mixing in between each addition until completely combined. Folden nuts and or currents and poppyseeds.

5- Pour batter into pan. Bake for 40-55 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

6- Transfer to wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then invert cake onto rack and allow to cool completely. Frost with Lemon Cream Cheese frosting. 

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Slather this sweet but slightly tangy frosting on your cooled cake for a luscious combonation of flavor.


8 oz. full fat cream cheese

1/4 c powdered sugar

3-4 T. unsweetened nut milk or cows milk 

1-2 T. lemon zest

3 T. lemon juice

Poppyseed for garnish 


In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and nut milk together. Spread over the top of the cake while on rack sitting on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper (to catch excess). Sprinkle with poppyseeds and or additional lemon zest.

Approximately 12-14 servings


Published by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of Silicon Valley's LIVE Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM

Professional Chef, Two Time Award-Winning Book Author, Former Academic Director from Le Cordon Bleu, and Host of Silicon Valley's LIVE Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM

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